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An actual life: A Novel

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Pub. Date:
1996.
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English
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Virginia and Buddy "had to get married." Their daughter, Madeline, was conceived the first time they "did it" in Buddy's room at college. Virginia's college asked her to leave. Her parents put on a wedding. And now? Well, as Virginia puts it, "now that we know each other a little better it turns out we are actually strangers." Set in 1960, AN ACTUAL LIFE, is about the second summer of Buddy and Virginia's marriage. There's no money, no love, no foreseeable future. They both try hard, but Virginia is all of nineteen and Buddy only just past twenty and neither one has a clue how to make this misbegotten marriage work. The way it ends is both a complete surprise and utterly inevitable.
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ISBN:
9781565121331
9781565127036
068483751
Reading Level:
UG
Level 4.7, 9 Points
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An "entirely wonderful" novel about an unplanned pregnancy, and an unwanted marriage, in early-1960s New Jersey—"hilarious and deeply touching" (Anne Lamott bestselling author of Hallelujah Anyway).

Virginia and Buddy "had to get married." Their daughter, Madeline, was conceived the first time they "did it" in Buddy's room at college. Virginia's school asked her to leave, and her parents put on a wedding.

And now? Well, as Virginia puts it, "now that we know each other a little better it turns out we are actually strangers." In this second summer of Virginia and Buddy's marriage, there is no money, no love, and no foreseeable future. Virginia, all of nineteen, is determined to either make it work or find a way out, especially after Buddy starts hanging around with an old girlfriend. But it won't be easy, in this "masterful" tale of a less-than-perfect journey into adulthood that puts a surprising twist on what happily-ever-after can mean (Newsday).

From the New York Times–bestselling author of A Three Dog Life and What Comes Next and How to Like It, this is "a coming-of-age story with a twist . . . wryly funny . . . bittersweet, nostalgic, magical" (Georgia Times-Union).

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subject_facet Married people -- New Jersey -- Fiction, Teenage mothers -- New Jersey -- Fiction
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